Thursday, March 16, 2017
Jesus' Terrible Financial Advice: Flipping the Tables on Peace, Prosperity, and the Pursuit of Happiness
“Jesus’ advice ruined what I planned to write.”
It was the recipe for a great book. John and his wife—both financial experts—had cut their income by 80% to pursue more meaningful lives. Within six years they had two kids, were debt-free, went on several vacations, and doubled their net worth. John was ready to share the biblical principles that made this possible.
But he couldn’t. After reviewing Scripture’s teaching on money—over 1,300 verses—he realized he had missed something big.
Jesus’ Terrible Financial Advice turns even conventional Christian wisdom on its head. While it answers many of the practical questions we have—like does Jesus want me to be rich or poor? Should I give to everybody who asks? Is it wrong to save?—it goes beyond these concerns. It asks bigger questions, gives bolder answers, and offers a more comprehensive view of stewardship. Follow Jesus’ “terrible” (shocking, otherworldly) financial advice, and you’ll have what money can’t buy: purpose.
My thoughts: I would venture to guess that most, if not all of us, have heard the gospel of prosperity or how people claim you just need to name it to claim it. But what does the Bible say about those theologies? This book is an interesting one to pick up, I think I especially appreciated it since the author was so honest about how the Bible has challenged his view of money and it's place in his life. One of my favorite quotes from the book was towards the end: "Wealth is a blessing, but it becomes a curse for us when we set our hearts on it instead of Him.". This book does a fabulous job of highlighting what scripture has to say about money.
I received this book from Moody in exchange for my honest review.